Todays MamaView comes from Brooke at Inchmark. I've gotten so many great ideas from her site; the advent calendar mentioned below was already on my list of things to make this year for Christmas! I love the approachable, warm feeling of her blog, you always feel like you've just popped in to visit a friend when you read her posts. Today she shares some thoughts about the creative process, family traditions and balance.
Working for Martha Stewart you must have been exposed to myriad types of crafts. It seems you're still constantly creating and trying new things. As you've dabbled in so many different media and been exposed to various ways of creating, what have you learned about yourself as a crafter and creator?
Every family has it's own unique culture. What traditions and family culture do you cultivate with your children?
I have a great love for traditions, and I have carried on many of the traditions of my parents like using an advent calendar to count down the days before Christmas or going to visit the cabin. But I
think it's important to start your own traditions as well, things that are unique to just your little family, isn't that part of the fun of being a parent?
How do you balance working at home and being a full-time mom? Do you clearly delineate your two roles or do you find they overlap, merge and blend throughout the day?
I try to be very aware of how much work I am putting on my plate. For the past year I took a break from doing book design, because I had done three books back to back and was really feeling the stress of the deadlines. I turn things down a lot, even though they sound like wonderful projects, because I just can't work 60 hour weeks like I did before I had kids. I choose not to.
To me you seem like a progressive pioneer do you think so too? In what way?
We don't live in a little log cabin in the country (though I'm not ruling out the possibility someday!). We barely even have seasons here in Southern California. But I think I can still teach my family how to live simply. I am trying to instill in my children a love of nature. A love of simple food. An appreciation for every gift (remember how excited little Laura Ingalls was at Christmas when she received one simple rag doll?) A love of hard work. A love of family (we recently moved from New York City to raise our children near my parents and my brother and his family). And something my parents always prayed for with their children.. a love of learning. I don't think your circumstances matter as much as what you decide to value in your own home.
Brooke, thanks so much for sharing. I loved your thoughts on choices, simplicity and making conscious decisions about what to value in your family. Keep in touch!